What is The Epic of Gilgamesh?

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What is The Epic of Gilgamesh?

Ancient Texts of the Middle East

The ancient texts of Egypt, the Holy Land, and Mesopotamia are treasures of antiquity that are often written on stone, some of which may or may not have survived. The Epic of Gilgamesh is one such tale of antiquity.

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The Epic of Gilgamesh is a Mesopotamian epic poem written originally in the Akkadian language. The full text of the poem was written on 12 partial tablets in ancient cuneiform, a wedge-shaped script. The epic is a collection of stories gathered from as far back as 2100 B.C., and Gilgamesh, the king of Uruk, is the main character and hero of the poem. It is one of the oldest surviving works of literature.


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